JUST SOME LIGHT READING FOR YOUR SUNDAY
This post was prompted by a quote I came across while scrolling on Instagram that gave me pause, in a very good way. I suggest following @spiritdaughter – their profile is just what the doctor ordered if you’re ever in need of words of wisdom, or just a dash of daily positivity. And with the current state of the world and news, I think we could all use a bit more positivity wherever we can get it.
This is the Instagram post I’m referring to:
With each line, a little weight is lifted off your shoulders, and with the final line, “it’s ok to just be.”, I realized exactly how hard we can be on ourselves. For those of us who aren’t at work like we have been for years on end, whose routines were completely turned upside down, whose future feels so uncertain, it’s inevitable that this kind of downtime is flooded with self-reflection, followed by feeling the need to better ourselves. But what if we should be okay with who and where we are, regardless of any massive changes we’ve experienced?
I can tell you first hand, I fell victim to the self betterment movement the minute I found out I wouldn’t be reporting to work as usual. While routine is good for anyone, I set out on an unrealistic one and found myself mentally exhausted from the schedule I was trying to keep up with, which was more rigorous than (what was) my standard ‘work day’, on top of the added stress of coronavirus in general. Not to mention the overall state of panic at any grocery store before the inevitable but delayed ‘stay at home’ order that everyone in Florida saw coming.
Whether you’re still getting up and going to work every day, working on the frontline against COVID-19, recovering from the virus, or simply wondering what the month of May will bring, we are all being bombarded by this impossibly heavy presence. It’s important to be kind to one another, seek out the positivity in the world (because it is still there), and refocus. Celebrate one another, enjoy the littlest things, and occasionally (or more than occasionally) indulge in the things that bring you joy, because these are the times where we need to show ourselves that, as Spirit Daughter put so simply, we are human, and worth it.
How are you staying positive during this unprecedented time?